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The philosophy of Christmas comedy

Why Hobbes would have enjoyed "You've Been Framed"

By Ian Silvera  

Kant may not be funny, but that didn't stop him philosophising about comedy

Christmas and comedy have a well-established relationship. Morecambe and Wise re-runs, naughty cracker jokes, an endless stream of comedy DVD adverts. The relationship between comedy and philosophy is less well known.

But comedy has occasionally drawn inspiration from philosophy. Reaching into the archive, there’s Monty Python of course and Beyond the Fringe, and more recently The Simpsons and Ricky Gervais (UCL philosophy graduate, class of 1983) have explored explicitly philosophical issues.


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